Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-27-12, 07:47 AM   #1
MMACH 5
Cycle Dallas
Thread Starter
 
MMACH 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
Posts: 3,650
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
I walk into my LBS...

...and ask for a rigid MTB fork.

The first guy just stares at me, blankly. He then wanders over to the rack of suspension forks and says, "Not these?"
I said, "No, I want a rigid fork, without the suspension." The look on his face makes me think he's new there, so I add, "Would this be a shop item?"
He says, "Probably."

Now I'm at the shop counter and ask for a rigid MTB fork, 1 1/8", threadless, preferably cro-mo.

Shop dude: "We don't carry those. They're such a rare item. Nobody wants them, anymore."
Me: "Really? Because, from where I'm standing, I can see about half a dozen MTBs on your showroom floor with rigid forks."
Shop dude: "Yea, but when we sell one of those bikes, most people opt to upgrade to a suspension fork."
Me: "So, what do you do with the rigid forks you pull off?"
Shop dude: "We sell them."
Me: "Well, that's what I need then. Sell me one of those."
Shop dude: "Oh, we can't keep them around. People snatch them up as soon as we put them out."


MMACH 5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-12, 07:56 AM   #2
Yo Spiff 
Carpe Velo
 
Yo Spiff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Bikes: 2000 Bianchi Veloce, '88 Trek 900, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '92 Schwinn Crosscut, '03 Diamondback Tandem, '94 Yokota Grizzly Peak
Posts: 2,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks for my morning chuckle.
__________________
2000 Bianchi Veloce, 199x Bianchi Volpe, 199x Bianchi Boardwalk, 2010 Bianchi Milano, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '88 Trek 900, 198x Benotto Triathlon. '88 Schwinn Crosscut
Yo Spiff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-12, 09:25 AM   #3
wmodavis
Bill
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO
Bikes: Specialized Globe Sport, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro
Posts: 630
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sooo... What's your problem? Can't you follow his logic?Logic what's that?
wmodavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-12, 09:28 AM   #4
Daspydyr 
Pedals, Paddles and Poles
 
Daspydyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Btw the Mohave desert and AREA 51
Bikes: Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ridley Noah, Scott Spark 20
Posts: 5,372
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
What a hoot! Maybe you can take some puzzle and connect the dots books in and help them develop critical thinking skills.

Etailers sell a good variety of CF and other rigid forks. Maybe the LBS can learn that there is money in them there parts.
__________________
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.
Daspydyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-12, 01:42 PM   #5
Harry Stone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Jackson, Missouri
Bikes:
Posts: 116
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's pretty common in a lot of businesses. Knowing a lot about what you sell doesn't necessarily mean you know a lot about selling.

I feel your pain, I was at the local shop yesterday looking for an entry level mountain bike with a rigid fork. I might as well have been looking for a buggy whip. On the other hand they typically do a great job, I just always seem to come in looking for something no one else wants. My other request was more of the same. I wanted a touring wheel built with a dyno hub. The first guy I talked to thought I meant a bottle dyno. But we're in a rural area here and there are no commuters to speak of. The owner quickly set him straight. The owner of the shop has a pretty impressive breadth of knowledge about anything to do with cycling considering the area his shop is in.
Harry Stone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-12, 05:15 PM   #6
okane
Senior Member
 
okane's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 901
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Shop dude: "Oh, we can't keep them around. People snatch them up as soon as we put them out."

I read somewhere Yogi Berra was supposedly quoted as saying, "Nobody goes there anymore.....it's too busy!"
okane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-12, 06:12 PM   #7
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Oh, while you're at it, can you pick up some cheese for me?
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

Last edited by Doohickie; 04-28-12 at 08:50 PM.
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 11:26 AM   #8
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 14,861
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I think I've seen a lot of chain stores follow the same logic, something will sell out right away but then it doesn't sell because they don't have any. So the metrics are really bad and they discontinue the item.
unterhausen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-12, 07:45 PM   #9
Skepsis
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That is really disheartening. Today there is still a decent market for rigid mtb forks, especially with 29ers and SS and such. I see rigid carbon 29er forks for sale at my local shop.
Skepsis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:05 PM.